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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Chris Olert
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: November 7, 2002

It's Time to Start Thinking About Air Conditioning for Summer 2003

NEW YORK - More than 4,100 Con Edison customers have enrolled in a high-tech program to help ensure reliable power for themselves and their neighbors during summer’s hottest days - while saving money by using electricity wisely.

The customers contacted Con Edison to receive a free programmable thermostat, which was then connected to their central air conditioning units. The high-tech system allows them to control their air conditioners’ thermostats via the Internet. The technology also allows Con Edison to remotely adjust those thermostats on days when temperatures soar.

The project’s purpose is to reduce electricity demand so that all Con Edison customers are ensured reliable electricity during times of highest use.

In Westchester County, more than 1,400 customers are participating; Staten Island has nearly 2,000. The rest are scattered throughout Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan. To be eligible, a residential customer must have central air conditioning. The program also is available to religious institutions.

“The first season of the remote air conditioning program has been an overwhelming success. Our customers chose one of the most modern systems to help ensure reliable power during times of high demand,” said Stephen F. Wood, vice president of engineering services and Staten Island electric operations. “Con Edison customers may still enroll in the program,” Wood added.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with more than $8 billion in annual revenues and $18 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edison’s Web site at

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